Ivy. Evil stuff.
Mamiya 7ii, Mamiya 150mm f/4.5 L, Kodak TMAX 400
Mamiya 7ii, Kodak TMAX 400, Mamiya 65mm f/4 L. Orange filter.
I love this building. It used to be a theatre. Now it is an interesting shaped nothing-at-all.
I crave to be able to correct the perspective and make those verticals vertical, but large format is out until I have way more time on my hands or I start shooting more digital and spend more time in photoshop. No ta.
We had planned to move a year and a half ago, but planets had not swung into alignment merely at our will, so a family of four had increasingly squeezed into a two-bedroom flat in the Oval. In terms of photography this was a plus, with London on one’s doorstep. The greatest disadvatanges were the lack of storage (putting pay to the desire to develop my own) and photography as a route to peace and solitude foiled by 7.5 million other citizens, most of whom appeared to be security guards.
So I have waved goodbye to a couple of long term projects, the longest of which is my muddy habit of doing daytime long exposures of junk on the Thames, which has been going two-and-a-half years. The other was Nunhead Cemetery, a place I found by accident, but also afforded the space and time to explore as a three-dimensional photographic soft-play, with dereliction and the sting of mortality as bonus balls.
So we’re now in Brighton and from what I can see photography seems to be widely appreciated and often practiced, especially on film. I will try not to rush off and start taking pictures of sunsets, starlings, the West Pier and long exposure groynes however. I hate feeling that I am creating cliché, despite all things photographic having being done before. So I am facing the other way to begin with and heading for the South Downs getting a dose of peace and solitude as well as chunky dose of landscape that I’ve craved for a while.
Where was I. A year ago I decided that I should get a portfolio site, and half-arsedly try and flog photos. After a brief and not entirely rational trawl of available platforms I went “Awesome” on 500px, which included a portfolio. I lashed it up together with a domain aaand…
… well 500px was a fairly hateful experience and when they dropped Fotomoto I realised they were flakier than a bowl at breakfast. So I let it expire and ran off to my WordPress account with tail between legs. So please find:
My history on blogging, even when paid to do so, is chequered to say the least. Therefore few posts if any are promised. No. That’s not right. Commit damn you. I’m going to put on process and thoughts and details of photographic missions, as a reminder to myself.